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4.75.15. Notice of Proposed Procurement

  1. Notification that a solicitation opportunity is available occurs through the posting of a Notice of Proposed Procurement (NPP) on the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS).
  2. A NPP is a summary of the solicitation that briefly describes the requirement, and provides pertinent information that will assist suppliers to determine their interest in fulfilling the requirement and their ability to successfully meet any key conditions for participating. If applicable, contracting officers must indicate in the NPP which trade agreement or agreements apply or if Canadian content restrictions apply. (For example, solicitations may specify that the requirement has been set aside under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business or restricted to Canadian-based suppliers as a result of a National Security Exception. In these cases only aboriginal suppliers or Canadian-based suppliers respectively would be eligible to bid.)
  3. The NPP must indicate whether additional material will be posted on GETS or made available separately.
  4. Many procurement units have developed templates to assist contracting officers to develop NPPs. Contracting officers should consult with their managers to determine if templates are routinely used in that procurement unit.
  5. The NPP should advise the suppliers of their option to request a debriefing. For samples of suggested text, refer to the Standard Procurement Templates (Simple, MC, HC, RFSO and RFSA) of the SACC Manual. Any other notices (i.e. newspapers) should contain the same statement.
  6. When entering the point of delivery information on the NPP within the Automated Buyer Environment (ABE) for a standing offer or supply arrangement, the contracting officer must select only those provinces or territories where potential deliveries may occur. The "Canadian flag button" in the NPP must only be selected if it is for a National (Master or Individual) Standing Offer and potential deliveries may take place in all of the provinces and territories. Official Language Policy Applicable to a Notice of Proposed Procurement


  1. All NPPs must be prepared and posted in both official languages and are to specify the language of service of the issuing office. Suggested wording is:
    "This PWGSC office provides procurement services to the public in their ___(insert one of the following: "official languages"; "English" or "French")".
    Note: This notice is not automatically generated by the system.
  2. Contracting officers who are identified in NPPs issued by bilingual offices, must be able to deal with inquiries equally well in both official languages. This may require identifying different officers in each language version of the NPP. Contracting officers who are identified in NPPs issued by unilingual offices will provide service in the language of that office. Contracting officers identified in the NPP should be familiar with the requirements associated with the NPPs. Language Designation of Offices


  1. PWGSC offices designated as being bilingual offices:
    • Moncton, N.B.
    • Montreal, Que.
    • Saint John, N.B.
    • Quebec, Que.
    • National Capital Region
    • Bagotville, Que.
  2. PWGSC offices designated as being unilingual offices:
    • St. John's, N.L.
    • Winnipeg, Man.
    • Calgary, Alta.
    • Halifax, N.S.
    • Brandon, Man.
    • Vancouver, B.C.
    • Pembroke, Ont.
    • Saskatoon, Sask.
    • Victoria, B.C.
    • Willowdale, Ont.
    • Regina, Sask.
    • Whitehorse, Y.T.
    • Mississauga, Ont.
    • Edmonton, Alta.